Rudolph J. Weisbrod, Company D, 8th New York Infantry

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Description Half plate ambrotype of Rudolph J. Weisbrod with hand tinted, decorative stamped brass mat with floral design, protective glass and stamped brass decorative preserver.
Year Range from 1861
Event Civil War
Film Size 4" x 5"
Year range to 1862
Medium Tin/Brass/Glass/Photographic Emulsion
Neg # 20589
Notes Half plate tinted ambrotype depicting Rudolph J. Weisbrod, Company D, 8th New York Infantry. Weisbrod is wearing a dark blue uniform which is mostly hidden by the enlistedman's sky-blue overcoat he wears. He is seated and rests his arm on a table. He wears a white paper collar and small black bow tie. The image was taken when he was an enlistedman.
Weisbrod was born August 27, 1837 in Simmern, Province of the Rhine, Prussia. He came with his parents, P. W. and Catharine Weisbrod, to Oshkosh in 1851. In 1859 he moved to New York City. He is listed as a cabinet maker in Ward 17 in 1860. He enlisted in Company D, 8th New York Infantry when the Civil War broke out. He fought at 1st Bull Run, Cross Keys, 2nd Bull Run & Culpeper Court House. He served as sergeant until September 14, having been commissioned on August 22, 1862 as 2nd Lieutenant in Company E, 21st Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. He remained with the 8th New York and fought at the battle of Antietam. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant October 16, 1862; Captain February 20, 1863; wounded at the Battle of Chicamauga September 20, 1864; and was discharged for disability on December 29, 1864 at Savannah, Georgia. He fought at the Battles of Perryville; Stones River; Chicamauga; Missionary Ridge; Lookout Mountain; Snake Creek Gap; Resaca; Pumpkin Vine Creek; Big Shanty; Kenesaw Mountain; Peach Tree Creek; Atlanta; and Jonesboro. He was on Sherman's March to the Sea when he was discharged. He married Sophia Arnold (the sister of Joseph Arnold) on April 5, 1865 and had two children Clara and Edward W. Weisbrod. He ran a furniture business in Oshkosh for 15 years until it was destroyed by fire. In 1880 he became Chief of the Fire Department and in 1887 Chief of the Police Department. He died circa 1900.
Object ID P2002.24
Object Name Ambrotype
People Weisbrod, Rudolph Joseph
Place New York, NY
Print size 4.25" x 5.5"
Subjects Civil War
21st Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
Portrait photographs
Title Rudolph J. Weisbrod, Company D, 8th New York Infantry
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